Unusually warm spring weather saw 3.9 million barrels sold between April and June, compared to 3.6 million barrels from October to December.
Off-trade volumes in the last quarter were down 1.3% on the same period in 2009.
Take-home beer sales for the whole of 2010 increased by 0.6% in 2010, to stand at 12.7 million barrels. The increase represents the halt of a three-year decline in the BBPA figures for take-home.
Pub beer sales dropped 7.5% in 2010 and the BBPA said rises in duty rates were to blame.
Chief executive Brigid Simmonds: “Beer has always been a rich revenue source for Government – but they may now be cooking the golden goose.”